Number 3 (May - June 2007)
Editor and Publisher: Roger L. Hall
Contributing Writer: Steven A. Kennedy
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Ratings and Reviews
Here is the current FMR rating system for CDs and DVDs:
**** = Superlative - Highest Recommendation
***1/2 = Outstanding - Recommended
*** = Good - Okay
**1/2 = Fair - Nothing Special
** = Mediocre - Barely Passable
* = Poor - Save Your Money
The Special Merit CDs are chosen at any time during the month for outstanding overall production of a soundtrack or compilation.
The Editor's Choice - Best of the Month designation is for those CDs that are singled out for their excellence. They are chosen anytime within a given month and may not be chosen every month.
For past reviews from 2007:
Volume 9/ Number 1 (January - February)
Volume 9/Number 2 (March - April)
For past reviews from 2006:
Volume 8/ Number 1 (January - February)
Volume 8/ Number 2 (March - April)
Volume 8/ Number 3 (May - June)
Volume 8/ Number 4 (July - August)
Volume 8/ Number 5 (September - October)
Volume 8/Number 6 (November - December)
Editor's Choice Selections
Best of the Month for January
Elmer Bernstein's Film Music Collection
12 CD Box Set with music by Max Steiner, Elmer Bernstein, Franz Waxman, Bernard Herrmann, Miklos Rozsa, Alfred Newman, Alex North, Dimitri Tiomkin
Best of the Month for February
AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS (Victor Young)
Best of the Month for March
RAINTREE COUNTY (John Green)
Best of the Month for April
THE PRIVATE LIFE OF SHERLOCK HOLMES (Miklos Rozsa)
No Best of the Month for May
Best of the Month for June
THE BIG COUNTRY (Jerome Moross)
Reviews (May - June 2007)
THE ALAMO: The Essential Dimitri Tiomkin Film Music Collection (4 CDs)
THE ENFORCER -- music by Jerry Fielding
WOMAN OBSESSED & IN LOVE AND WAR -- music by Hugo Friedhofer
THE PLOW THAT BROKE THE PLAINS & THE RIVER -- music by Virgil Thomson
Hitchcock's Music by Jack Sullivan
Gene Autry (1907-1998)
John Wayne (1907-1979)
Film Composer Tributes
100th Birthday Tribute to Miklos Rozsa and Web Poll
A Tribute to Miklos Rozsa in Washington, DC
John Williams -- 75th birthday and Listener's Poll
Ennio Morricone -- Honorary Oscar
Remembering the Blonde Bombshell
By Roger L. Hall
No, that's not Marilyn Monroe or Jayne Mansfield, though both were icons of the 1950s.
Instead, I referring to one of my favorite stars from an earlier time -- the 1940s and early 1950s. She recently died at the ripe old age of 86.
In her prime during the 1940s, she was known by several trademarks, but especially "The Blonde Bombshell."
But she was more than just a pretty face or a sexy dresser. And what's her name?
It's none other than Betty Hutton, who was a remarkable triple talent... she could act, dance and sing and did them all well. When watching her films, her energetic exuberance just bounces off the screen.
Unlike many of today's movie stars, who can barely do one thing with great ease, Betty Hutton was a natural talent. Just watch her singing in her very first film,THE FLEET'S IN. Or her comedic skill in the Preston Sturges classic, THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK. And watch her in probably her best singing role in ANNIE GET YOUR GUN from 1950, or in THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH from two years later.
When the GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH was playing at my local movie palace, I didn't want it to end. So I stayed and watched it three times the same day. I loved this circus film, even with the sometimes hammy acting or corny dialogue. It even had several brief cameos by Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and my favorite cowboy star, Hopalong Cassidy. The theater manager finally told me: "Hey kid, don't you have a better place to go?" I replied, "No, I love this movie and I'm not leaving." I especially enjoyed Betty Hutton's spunky performance in that movie. She was as energetic as a kid like me.
One of the nicest comments was made by longtime Paramount producer, A.C. Lyles, who said: "Betty Hutton was one of the most popular stars we ever had on the Paramount lot. Everybody adored Betty."
She may now be gone but her great talent will live on in her films.
R.I.P., dear Betty Hutton.
Here is a recommended CD collection of her best songs from films...
Betty Hutton - The Blonde Bombshell
and several of her popular films on one DVD...
Betty Hutton Double Feature:
THE STORK CLUB and THE PERILS OF PAULINE
Oscar Music Revisited
So you think there have been bad Oscar choices for movie songs and scores the past few years?
Well, just read about the
Oscar Music Disasters of 1937
The Sammy Awards